Happiness is that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. It’s the opposite of sadness. Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment.
Happy overeaters will suddenly find themselves having put on the pounds because they have moved into a state of happiness following a long period of adversity either in a relationship or financially. The happy good feeling is maintained by feeling good from eating good food. Happiness is seen as a limited resources and needs to be gobbled up quickly before is disappears.
People with low self-esteem feel that they don’t deserve to be happy. As soon as something starts to go right in their life – such as losing weight – they start to self-sabotage their success. Happiness can seem scary because of its novelty and some people can only experience life in a morse, depressing way. They need to have a sense of purpose in their life. Importantly they need to let go of the lack mentality that tells you happiness is a finite resource.
Many people believe that if they lose weight they will be happier about themselves, but new research by the University of Adelaide is suggesting people take the opposite approach. If people focus on improving their happiness, rather than solely on losing weight, weight loss may come easier.
Research has found people who were obese were more likely to be depressed and experience less positive emotions than the normal and overweight groups, and this lack of well-being may be contributing to weight loss failure.
There is no joy in focusing on weight loss, particularly if someone is constantly failing to lose weight focusing on the psychological health first will lead to better outcomes
Extracted from Virtue D The YOYO Diet Syndrome